Vivian Balakrishnan at Asean meet on Rohingya

Dr Balakrishnan is in Yangon for an Asean meeting on the plight of the Rohingya ethnic minority group in Myanmar.
Dr Balakrishnan is in Yangon for an Asean meeting on the plight of the Rohingya ethnic minority group in Myanmar.PHOTO: ST FILE

Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan is in Yangon for an Asean meeting on the plight of the Rohingya ethnic minority group in Myanmar.

He is there for a two-day informal Asean Foreign Ministers' Retreat, where Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is giving a briefing on recent developments there, says a press statement from Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The retreat started yesterday.

More than 20,000 Rohingya Muslims have flooded into Bangladesh over the past two months, fleeing a military campaign in Rakhine state. Myanmar is a predominantly Buddhist country.

Asean foreign ministers will also exchange views on how to assist Myanmar in addressing the challenges.

Dr Balakrishnan is accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 19, 2016, with the headline 'Vivian at Asean meet on Rohingya'. Print Edition | Subscribe